Heredia (Spanish pronunciation: [eˈɾeðja]) is a province of Costa Rica. It is in the north-central part of the country. As a result, the province covers areas as diverse as the agriculture rich Northern plains to the more metropolitan areas like the city of Heredia in the Central Valley. In addition, it boasts several major environmentally important areas such as the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Sarapiqui River. The capital is the city of Heredia.